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Stanley
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Posted -  14/10/2004  :  09:57
Jack is making a lot of friends in Barlick. I don't know why, maybe it's his face markings but people on the street feel the need to stroke him. Women in particular fall for him.

As you know, I had a bad experience with Joe, the lurcher from Irlam. I was very wary about taking another feral dog on but I'm beginning to think that Jack will make it as a member of the team. He's good at coming to hand when off the lead but I'm not saying he'd take any notice if he was distracted.

He's fast and very agile and seems to have lungs as big as a bucket, I haven't heard him pant as though he's out of breath even after a hard run. As for jumping, he's like a cat. Here he is on his favourite perch. Someone asked me the other day why I don't stop him doing it. It's easier to clean the drainer twice a day!


[This topic started as Jack's blog but in Jan 2008 I had to put him down because he started attacking strange dogs.  His successor is Black Jack. a Patterdale pup, no point erasing Jack the Lurcher from history....  he was a good dog and what happened wasn't his fault.  He had too bad a start.....]


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Stanley
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Posted - 03/08/2008 : 17:31
He's got used to it now.  I try to keep the big bits of swarf out of the way and he's developed the same habit as Big Jack did of lying up against the back door out of the way.  He is certainly no trouble and that's the only skill I require from him.  Good company and it's part of his routine.  When he gets fed up he retreats to a chair in the kitchen, usually my computer chair which he has appropriated as a day bed.


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Julie in Norfolk
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Posted - 03/08/2008 : 20:17
Well done him! Young Sam-u-el the Span-u-el has found out today that he can help gardening by taking the weeds out of your hand and killing them on the lawn, before coming back for more.


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Stanley
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Posted - 04/08/2008 : 05:41
I've altered Jack's regime.  He had a couple of accidents last week and so I have moved his feeding time to first thing in the morning after his first walk.  This gives him all day to empty himself and takes the pressure off him.  It happened first thing in the morning and there's nothing worse than wakening to find a pile of crap on the carpet.  It wasn't his fault but mine.  The new regime seems to be working.....  He wasn't house trained when I got him and so it was easy for him to revert to an old bad habit.  Just goes to show the value of early house-training.  These things are sent to try us!


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Stanley
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Posted - 28/08/2008 : 14:52


Jack and Doc getting together today.  Doc had just taught him to jump up onto the draining board from the floor.  We may live to regret this!


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Posted - 28/08/2008 : 19:56
Stanley, I'm going off-topic but that book, top shelf, second from the right-hand end - is it G.M. Trevelyan's English Social History (Pelican version) by any chance? A very interesting read!


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Posted - 28/08/2008 : 20:31


quote:
Stanley wrote:


Jack and Doc getting together today.  Doc had just taught him to jump up onto the draining board from the floor.  We may live to regret this!


Who says you can't teach a new dog old tricks.......  


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Stanley
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Posted - 29/08/2008 : 06:27
Pete, yes, one of the great 20th century historians.


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Cathy
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Posted - 29/08/2008 : 08:09
Little Jack looks lovely (so do you Doc, ha ha).  Our small cat often jumps on our kitchen benches when I'm getting her feed together, but she knows 'better' if I'm preparing our meals.  I just have to remember to wipe the benches (again) before making our meals etc. 


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Stanley
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Posted - 29/08/2008 : 17:00
I often think that in terms of bug burden Jack is probably cleaner than me......


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Stanley
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Posted - 07/10/2008 : 09:34
Jack went to see Mrs Muff the vet yesterday for his annual jabs.  She was delighted with him and said she'd never seen a fitter or better cared for dog.  Reckoned he'd win a prize anywhere.  I was very chuffed for both of us.  One thing she commented on particularly was how clean his teeth are and how she would have a problem if ever he broke a back leg because there is so much muscle she wouldn't be able to find the bone.  I told her that I thought the clean teeth was down to him spending so much time chewing a soft rubber ball.  She also told me something surprising, she'd seen my article about the poison-pen letters and she said that vets occasionally get the same thing.  Evidently it's an occupational hazard.


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Gloria
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Posted - 07/10/2008 : 11:31
Some occupational hazard, some not nice people about. Good job there are some really nice ones. 


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Stanley
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Posted - 07/10/2008 : 13:29
Quite.......


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moh
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Posted - 08/10/2008 : 15:32
Glad he is doing well - I really miss Sam but will not get another dog, it takes too much out of you when you lose them.


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Stanley
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Posted - 08/10/2008 : 17:02
You'll get round to it Moh.  It takes a while but they are such rewarding little beggars.  Jack is laid next to me on his back and it isn't a pretty sight!


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Posted - 17/10/2008 : 14:30
Jack and Misty had a meeting up on the park this dinnertime. Jack decided after a while that mounting Misty was a bit of a problem so he climbed up and cleaned her ears out for her.  She didn't do his for him, perhaps she thought it was beneath her dignity. There would have been a pic but me batteries conked out......


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